David Shorter


World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Dr. David Shorter was raised in New Mexico and attended college both at Arizona State University and the University of California Santa Cruz.  He has a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies and a Masters degree in Religious Studies. After receiving his PhD in the History of Consciousness, he went on to teach at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and then at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. 

Dr. Shorter is currently Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California Los Angeles. He teaches both undergraduate students in the World Arts and Cultures BA program and graduate students in the Culture and Performance MA and PhD program. In 2013, Dr. Shorter received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Shorter is the Director of the Wiki for Indigenous Languages and the Director of the Archive of Healing